If the advertisement for the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow is to be believed, it is the ultimate solution for anyone seeking a more comfortable night's sleep. Rather than feathers, foam or fiber, the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow is filled with millions of "air beads" that conform to the shape of your head and neck. According to the ad, these beads also retain their shape longer than other fillers (giving the pillow a longer life) and help keep users cool in warm weather.
According to the many who have used the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow, it does deliver on many of its claims. Those seeking a firm and supportive pillow say the Sobakawa keeps its shape better than other pillows and reduces neck pain. However, others find the pillow too hard for their liking. Both happy and unhappy customers mention a distinct chemical smell, which dissipates over time. Reviewers also agree that there is no cooling factor to the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow, and that they get just as warm sleeping on it as they do with any other pillow.
A reporter for TV station KLRT in Little Rock, Ark., tries out the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow and says it's a deal, praising the way it conforms to and supports a sleeper's head. Owners posting reviews on Walmart.com are mostly happy, saying that the pillow is supportive, though a few say the pillow is too small and too hard. Amazon.com customers are more mixed in their reactions; some find the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow comfortable and supportive, while others don't care for the pillow's filling. Customers on both BedBathAndBeyond.com and Target.com who want a firm pillow are generally satisfied with the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow, though a select few find it to be too firm. Nearly all owners agree that there is a smell to the pillow at first and that it does not offer a cooling factor.
1. KLRT (Little Rock, Ark.)
In one of their "Deal or Dud" news segments, a reporter for KLRT gives the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow to a volunteer to test. She uses it for a 30-minute nap and reports that she finds the pillow comfortable and loves the way it "flows" around her head in a wave-like motion. She does notice an odor to the pillow but says that it doesn't bother her, though it might bother those who sleep with their face in their pillow. Overall, the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow is considered a deal.
Review: Deal or Dud: Sobakawa Cloud Pillow, Chad Garneau, Jan. 6, 2011
More than 50 customers review the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow on Walmart.com. Most are reasonably satisfied, with 70 percent saying they would recommend the product. Those who crave a supportive pillow or suffer from neck pain like the firmness of the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow and how it molds to their head and neck. Some of the dissatisfied customers say that the pillow is too small and too hard for their liking. Nearly all say that the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow isn't cooling, and many mention a chemical smell that is present when first using the pillow.
Review: As Seen on TV Sobakawa Micro-Bead Cloud Pillow, Contributors to Walmart.com
More than 30 customers review the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow on Amazon.com, and their reactions are mixed. Some say the pillow offers better head and neck support than pillows with other fillers, while others complain that the filling makes the pillow feel too hard. It is almost unanimously agreed that the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow does not remain any cooler than other pillows, and that there is a distinct smell to the pillow when it is new, which bothers some more than others.
Review: Sobakawa Cloud Pillow, Contributors to Amazon.com
Of the more than 20 customers who review the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow on BedBathAndBeyond.com, most give it a positive rating. Those looking for the support of a firmer pillow are very happy, saying that the pillow offers ample support and that they sleep comfortably with it. A few customers who mention experiencing neck pain with other pillows say they have less or no pain when using the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow. The select few who are unhappy with the pillow say it's too hard and small. Everyone agrees that it does not remain cool.
Review: Sobakawa Cloud Pillow, Contributors to BedBathAndBeyond.com
A handful of customers review the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow on Target.com. Most find it comfortable and supportive, though the chemical smell that accompanies the brand-new pillow is a deal breaker for some. A couple of customers also mention that it's smaller than most other pillows, which they do not care for.
Review: Sobakawa Cloud Microbead Pillow, Contributors to Target.com